Being more alkaline is a change in lifestyle, not just a week long change in diet.
With all of the best intentions, becoming more alkaline and less acidic takes a fair bit of will power… will power that most people lose within the first week. Combine this desire to become more alkaline with weight loss, family commitments and work and you have a recipe for disaster. Clearly it isn’t that it cannot be done, more like it cannot easily be done.
Having struggled for a while to reverse the damage of an over acidic body, a legacy of my younger years, I set out to find a way to become more alkaline through a change in my eating habits and also my mental habits. I noticed that as I got older (still in my 40’s) more and more parts of my body started to slow down or even fail. I’d been active as a younger person with sports and stuff and for the most part had a healthy lifestyle. However, I never knew that some of the foods I was eating were causing acidosis in my body.
More than one of the effects of an acidic body below I personally* noticed in myself.
The most common effects of an acidic lifestyle are:
- risk of diabetes, type 2
- kidney problems
- joint pain and inflammation*
- lactic acid build up in muscles
- leg cramps
- loss of bone density / osteoporosis
- reflux / GERD
- adrenal fatigue*
- weight gain*
- muscle loss
- thyroid disorders
For my change over to an alkaline lifestyle, I followed a “simple” 6 step process.
Step 1: Eat more greens.
Fresh fruit, vegetables, roots, nuts and legumes are alkalising to your body naturally, so increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat first weekly then ideally daily. Aim to have some at every meal and make vegetables the focus rather than meat or grains. Some grains can actually turn acidic once you start to digest them. Focus on the darker or greener vegetables such as beetroot, avocado, broccoli, spinach, kale, peas, beans and cucumber as the first port of call for veggies in a meal.
Step 2: Reduce acidic foods.
It may seem obvious, but reducing acidic foods is almost as important as increasing your alkaline foods. We all need a level of acidic food as there are specific minerals and proteins within most of them that are not found in fruit and veg. You should not be cutting out all together acidic foods, rather limit your consumption of meats, eggs, refined sugars (this one you can cut out 100%), white flour (and this one) and dairy. Coffee is also a very acidic drink, stop it.
Step 3: Stop or limit alcohol.
All alcoholic drinks are incredibly acidic forming foods. It is best to avoid alcohol totally, but it should do you no harm whatsoever to have the occasional drink… in moderation.
Step 4: Drink plenty of alkaline water.
Most of us substitute water for coffee if we are honest with ourselves. Though we have been told countless times that coffee is a great way of achieving our water intake each day, this is far from true. Coffee, caffeine, is a diuretic meaning that it expels water from out of our bodies. Alkaline water can be produced at home via a special filtering system or even alkaline drops. For those of us who hit the gym regularly or just like to go out for country walks etc, a portable alkaline water filter is always a blessing.
Step 5: Get some exercise.
“Cut down on the pork pies, get some exercise”.
I was never a big gym goer until recent times, but these days I love it. However, love it or not, exercise can be a very successful method of reducing ones acidity. As we exercise our body will burn off stored energy to power our muscles. As the muscles work they will produce heat as a by product of their molecular action. We notice this as sweat. As we sweat, some of the acidity in our body is expelled.
Talking of exercise and acidity. Lactic acid build up is a process that happens as we use our muscles. This is what gives us that gym “burn” as our muscles cry enough!!! A few 7.2 Recovery with Hydro-FX just before a workout has been shown to reduce lactic acid build up by 18%. This allows you to recover from your work out much faster.
Step 6: Get some good dietary supplements.
We never eat as good as we should and we all know this. In fact, it’s not always possible to eat properly. This is why a good dietary supplement is important. The guys at 7.2 have put together a fantastic set of supplements to not only aid in the return to an alkaline state, but also for weight management. I’m not ashamed to say it, but I use the weight management made simple package all the time. I get it auto-shipped to my door each month.
However you decide to start on your path to alkaline do it in steps. If you are on any pharmaceutical medication continue to take them until you are told to stop by your doctor.
Take it easy
If you decide to go alkaline, start by making incremental changes to your diet. You’re most likely to succeed if you take on change gradually. Every little change is one more step towards better long term health.
The most common benefits of an alkaline lifestyle are:
- reduced risk of diabetes, type 2
- reduction in kidney problems
- increased energy
- reduction/elimination of joint pain and inflammation
- reduction of lactic acid build up in muscles
- reduction/elimination of leg cramps
- increased bone density
- reduced risk of other chronic diseases